Australian Open champ out in NZ first round

Australian Badminton Open men’s singles champion Tian Houwei went down in his very first match in Auckland at the 2012 Skycity New Zealand Grand Prix.  Tian lost in two games […]

Australian Badminton Open men’s singles champion Tian Houwei went down in his very first match in Auckland at the 2012 Skycity New Zealand .  Tian lost in two games to India’s Anand Pawar, who was also accompanied into men’s singles second round by all five other Indian shuttlers.

Tian’s team-mate Qiao Bin also found himself short on luck in New Zealand as he became the first seeded player to lose this week.  He fell to Hwang Jong Soo, who is now the second oldest player on the Korean National Badminton Team, to which he has recently returned avec a short hiatus.  Hwang, too, was part of an overall winning effort for his squad as all three other Koreans also advanced in men’s singles.

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Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net